What ails and heals the planet’s 7 billion people.
These new cookies sold in Tokyo claim to make your breasts bigger
"F-cup cookies" come in two flavors — soy milk or pralines and chocolate.
Australia is apparently raising a generation of overweight couch potatoes
The sports-loving nation scored a D- on an international physical activity report card.
In Germany, no means yes
A regressive definition of rape highlights the country’s stubbornly traditional attitudes toward women.
Farmers in Saudi Arabia think their camels are just fine, thank you very much
In defiance of warnings that camels are the source of the MERS virus, Saudi farmers are taking photos of themselves hugging and kissing them.
Partnering to protect women from HIV
Guest post: Women and girls continue to bear a disproportionate and unacceptable burden of HIV. A new public-private partnership could ensure they have the tools to protect themselves from infection.
Come for the World Cup, swim with the feces (PHOTOS)
GlobalPost tags along with a biologist on a flyover of the Rio waterways that soccer fans are about to encounter. Here's what we've found.
How do journalists and policy analysts choose what to cover in global health?
Deputy editor Marissa Miley joined a panel discussion about “the story behind the story” for global health reporting at the annual meeting of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.
Marital rape is officially legal in India
A new ruling just confirmed a significant hole in India's sexual assault laws.
A Daughter's Journey: Reflections on Mother's Day
Moms making a difference when it comes to HIV
Here are the world's best and worst countries for mothers
The US hasn't cracked the top 10 since 2006.
Watch what happens when you ask models to make dead children sound sexy
Fashion models struggle with the fact that some things are too important to sex up, in this new video from Save the Children.
How humanitarian crises impact maternal and child health
This year's Save the Children's State of the World's Mothers report profiles four countries — including the US — that have seen particularly poor health outcomes for the most disadvantaged women and their children following crises.
The spread of polio is a 'public health emergency' says World Health Organization
The fact that the virus is spreading raises particular concern for the large number of polio-free but conflict-torn and fragile countries around the world, WHO said.
When life-saving surgery turns life-threatening
Of the 234 million major surgeries that occur around the world each year, 31 million lack a simple, but crucial, device to monitor blood oxygen levels.
'Superbugs' are now a major global public health threat, warns World Health Organization
One of the best known superbugs, MRSA, is alone estimated to kill around 19,000 people every year in the United States and a similar number in Europe.
Curbing the HIV/AIDS epidemic one wall post at a time
How a new wave of public health workers is using social sites like Facebook to reach communities at risk for transmitting the virus.
World Health Organization holds emergency meeting on cross-border spread of polio
Polio re-emerged in Syria in 2013 for the first time in 14 years, fanning fears of a wider international proliferation and prompting a vast regional emergency vaccination campaign.
Expectations: Brazil's Cesarean section problem
After a young mother is forced to deliver via C-section, tensions flare over a woman’s right to choose how her child is born.
Colombia's controversial coca spraying could be the next drug war casualty
The US backs Colombian coca field fumigation, but here's a host of reasons some say it's another counternarcotics flop, while others say it's actually working.
This Bollywood condom ad makes protected sex look awesome
Dancers, rapping, pelvic thrusts — this is everything you could hope for from a Bollywood condom commercial.
Activists to UK's development agency: you’re helping multinationals carve up Africa
A satirical video earlier this month raises serious questions about how the G8 nations' global food security initiative is working
The next hotbed for medical marijuana research
Researching medicinal weed in the US is a real pain. Cue Uruguay.
Drunk Russian teen drives into Easter procession, kills 2
Witnesses said the car was out of control and flew straight at the column of people.
On gay rights, South Africa offers a model for the rest of the continent
In Cape Town, gay bars abound. In other countries nearby, homosexual acts can get you tossed into prison.
Rescuers pull 13th body from the snow after Everest's most deadly avalanche
Authorities have ruled out hope of finding any more survivors.
Uruguay may treat drug-addicted prisoners with medical weed. Here's how that would work
While officials in Uruguay debate the possibility, we got curious how it would even work. Here's what we found.
Bad news for 420: Casual pot use causes brain abnormalities in young adults
Researchers identified changes to the regions of the brain that are key to regulating emotion and motivation.
Q&A with Paul Farmer: Rwanda as a healthcare success story
Twenty years after the genocide, Paul Farmer reflects on how Rwanda became a model of inclusive healthcare.
97 percent, 49 billion, and 3 other convincing climate change numbers
After a UN panel's latest report, GlobalPost looks at five key statistics on the science of global warming.
How the world gets drunk, in 4 surprising charts
Sorry Russians. When it comes to bingeing, you’ve got nothing on Vietnam’s women.
In fight for gender equality in Africa, clean water plays a key role
Fetching water is a household chore traditionally delegated to women and girls in Africa. Reducing the need for it holds not only health benefits, but also the potential for social change.